Time of race start 6:45pm single handicap
Duration approximately 45mins
During this period we will be practising COVID Secure racing.
1.) Maintain Social distancing at all times whilst on shore
2.) Please arrive ready to be on the water or change in the car park as the changing rooms and wet room will not be accessible except the toilets
3.) Please minimize the number of people on the slips, and jetty areas and once your boat is afloat leave the jetty quickly to allow room for others.
4.) Sign on before the committee boat goes to the start area, although we are trying to get online sign on working via, mobile device or PC, so the information can be sent direct to the race officer.
We are trying out new technology for running the racing so there will be a certain amount of experimentation taking place as we try to implement this so it can be carried forward into the rest of the racing at the club.
The menagerie Fleet captain will be running most of the series but I will be looking for help in running the patrol (Safety) boat on these occasions. Could you please email me so I can put this help into place?
We are looking for some form of Android tablet or I Pad to make this part of the furniture for racing and if you have one that is no longer used it would be appreciated if you could donate it to the club for this project.
The BBQ will be lit and the bar open for take away drinks
Just a quick update on some changes MSC now feels able to make soon given the new rules which come into effect regarding COVID-19 from July 4th. The full government guidance is available here.
We are highly conscious that this virus still exists in the community and spreads easily, so whilst you are enjoying the club facilities please continue to practice social distancing, wash your hands frequently and make minimal use of the indoor facilities.
Activities which can commence after July 4th are as follows:-
- Thursday evening racing will resume from Thursday July 9th with a single handicap race as usual.
- Sunday racing will resume from July 26th after the 2 weekends of RYA training (July 11/12 & 18/19). The current match racing will continue to run until at least the end of July so there are plenty of opportunities for competitive sailing.
- We hope to restart Saturday Social Sailing on July 25th but running in the afternoons from 1-4pm. These sessions are an ideal opportunity for anyone wanting to improve their sailing skills.
- Double-handed boats may be sailed by members from different households, however efforts should be made to keep as much distance as possible and face coverings are recommended.
- We will start using Dutyman to roster race crews and for Saturday Social Sailing from late July/August however we are conscious that some members may not feel comfortable doing this and we will be asking Team Leaders to contact their teams to see who is able/willing to volunteer to assist with race management and social sailing.
We are also planning a Family Fun Day on Saturday August 8th which will include sailing and paddleboard events, racing, BBQ, music in the evening and an opportunity to camp over at the lake. Please put the date in your diary! And in order to make the site shipshape for this big event we'll be organising a working party on August 2nd to do a big clean up and make up for the lack of a working party earlier this year.
With a hot and sunny week forecast what better way is there to cool down on a Thursday evening than messing about in boats followed by a BBQ and a drink on the MSC lawn?
From this Thursday (weather permitting) we'll have BBQ food available - starting simple this week with a quality butchers beef burger (or vegetarian option) plus salad for £6 as well as home made cakes for £1. Food will be served from 6 until 7.30pm and the bar will be open from 6 to 9pm.
So that we're able to get some idea of how popular this is going to be please let me know if you're planning on coming.
Yes this is possible! As from this week for those who read the emails from the club will have seen a Badminton style ladder of Match Racing has been set up. This has been organised by Gary. The idea has come from the Virtual Racing that has been taking place over the last few months. All the results from that have been posted on the Results page of the website.
To get an idea of what is going on. Each sailor will race one other sailor for 10 mins and will be based on skill and handicap. (Meeting one other person from another household at a time). All handicaps etc are on the documents attached. If you need futher assistance please contact one of the committee and we will pass onto Gary.
The initial leagues are as:-
|Group A||Group B||Group C||Group D|
|Ian Stone||Leo Wilkinson||Stuart Mcadam||Rob Blois||James Gladwyn||Tom Knight||Sasha||Dave Hirst|
|Gary Bullock||Jon Hirsch||Adam Meekings||John Woffinden||Brian Jones||Mike Hamilton||Ben Osbourne||Joe Tubb|
|Group E||Group F||Group G||Group H|
|Sam Walton||Martin Hayward||Simon Hall||Gavin Pidduk||Charles Gilham||Paul Fletcher||Sarah Mayhew||Emily Lewin|
|Dave Killey||Andrew Brown||Julie Maidment||Johnny Redfurn||John Sweeney||Jose Carero||Jenni Craig||John Derek|
With HMG relaxing a little on lockdown from the 13th May, it was good to see members socially distancing themselves on the water. The weekend of the 16th and 17th May saw a steady flow of members taking to the water. Both sailors and paddle-boarders were on the water and all kept clear of each other. Most were in single handers the only 2 man boats were those of same household groups, and it was great to see them as well.
On the Sunday, whilst many of the boats were covering the whole of the lake there was a period of time when the lasers were following each other round some of the marks, at the top end of the lake.
Just a quick reminder for those unaware. There are no formal events going ahead at the club and that includes racing.
- Social distancing to be followed at all times – guidance here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-safe-outside-your-home/staying-safe-outside-your-home
- Leisure / recreational sailing and paddle-boarding permitted. Double handed sailing only permitted with same-household members
- New members applications welcome (experienced sailors / paddleboarders)
- Maintenance activities permitted
- No use of safety boats unless in emergency
- Under 16’s to be accompanied by adult household member
- Only use of club toilets permitted. No access to other areas except in emergencies
- Change at home
- Bar and kitchen closed
Come and enjoy the club and the atmosphere and something that will take away the strains and pressures of this very stressful time.
As we are not yet allowed to do the physical sailing, like some others in the club the Y&J's are also Virtually sailing. Last week was the first time and even if you are not an experienced helm try your hand at this. Many use computer games etc to pass the time of day. Try your luck against other members of the club.
Wednesday evenings at 6pm till approximately 7:00pm
Maidenhead due to its excellent active membership and committee has been organising Virtual racing on Thursdays and Sundays with the ultimate goal of representing Maidenhead at the regional RYA championships.
We have run a 21 race series and the top 20 will Compete on Saturday night 8.00 pm in a 5 race series (3 to count) shoot out to find out who will represent the club.
Runners and riders. Top 10
Sam Walton (topper 009) 4 race wins. Winner of race series and very consistent throughout, has the ability to fight back from difficult positions, youth on his side and nimble fingers hopefully the pressure will not get to him. Odds 9/4
Adam Meekings (Adam 14) 5 race wins. Competitive and focussed with a good solid race series behind him, as at Maidenhead when sailing his Laser can switch off at times which can cost him, don’t rule him out though . Odds 7/2
Ian Stone (Stonesy) Quiet and polite but deadly on the race course, Ian due to work commitments could only race on Sundays but won 6 of his 9 races that he competed in. The big money is on him short odds though. Odds Evens.
Gary Bullock (Mutley) 1 race win. Short but not short of confidence he believes he can win this but very unlikely always an excuse and never his fault, will be an unpopular winner if he does. Odds 5/1
Tom Knight (TomK) 0 race wins. Always top 5 but feel this won’t be enough come Saturday night. At 17 I’m sure he has other things on his mind. Try to focus Tom for just 30 minutes and you will never know. Odds 5/1
Sammy Isaac Johnson (Sammyblueij) Full time professional sailor started the series well but has gone off the boil. Too many penalties on the race course due to pushing the rules as normal. Outside chance though Odds 11/2